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On Idolatry

October 11, 2010

When going through some papers the other day, I came across some sermon notes from Pastor Wayne’s series on idolatry that he preached at the beginning of the year. In order to not lose them again, I thought I’d record a few of those thoughts here.

Idolatry is about the affections of your heart.

Idolatry is perceived first and foremost as an improper conception of God in the mind of the worshipper.

“The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.” —A.W. Tozer

My perceptions of God that don’t square with the truth must be destroyed so I can love Him for who He really is.

The Relationship of Idolatry, Image, and Immorality
Man was designed to bear the glory of God’s image.

God designed physical aspects of man (eyes, arms, etc.) to reflect aspects of the character and nature of God — though the reflection is corrupted by sin.

Historical mistreatment of women is rooted in idolatry. Men did not see women as an image of God.

The reason human life has value and significance is that we are made in the image of God.

Several times in this series Wayne mentioned and highly recommended Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller. I have yet to pick it up, but it’s on the list.

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